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Compulsory Acquisition

Compulsory acquisitions by statutory authorities and governments are an unfortunate fact of life. Land and interests are acquired for new roads and public facilities, the supply of services and other infrastructure projects.

If your interest has been compulsorily acquired, it is our job to make sure you get compensated in full. We will help recover not just the true value of your property, but also the loss of its potential and any special value the land may hold for you along with the cost of any damage to your business, your relocation, other associated expenses and, what the legislation calls ‘solatium’ – which is for any intangible and non-pecuniary disadvantages you may suffer because of the compulsory acquisition.

We understand the human side of compulsory acquisition, and we work hand in hand with valuers to provide good reasons and arguments to support a valuation for compensation. Our professional compulsory acquisition lawyers have a broad and in-depth understanding of Section 41 of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act (Vic). That means we know the factors under the Act that need to be taken into account when determining a fair value in respect of, not just the land and property, but also the possible and consequential losses for a business.

At Aitken Partners we can assist clients to obtain advances of compensation from acquiring authorities at an early stage of a claim with a view to helping cover the costs of conduct of claims.

Our lawyers have considerable expertise in town planning, property and litigation which supports our work for claimants facing compulsory acquisitions. We have represented clients at VCAT and the Supreme Court, and we have also obtained large compensation payouts to clients through out of court settlements with acquiring authorities.

Aitken Partners has acted for owners of land acquired for and businesses affected by most major projects in Victoria over the past few decades as well as for many owners affected by minor road widening schemes and public acquisition overlays. A snapshot of some recent compulsory acquisition projects on which our team is advising on or has advised clients include:

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    • Melbourne Metro Rail Project
    • North-East Link
    • West Gate Tunnel Project
    • Level Crossing Rail Removal Projects
    • Kananook Train Storage Facility
    • Yan Yean Road Duplication
    • Drysdale Bypass
    • Outer-Western Suburban Arterial Roads Project
    • Princes Highway Duplication
    • Western Highway Duplication
    • East/West Link
    • Phillip Island Road/ Back Beach Road Roundabout Project
    • Yarra Valley Water Projects
    • Gippsland Line Upgrade
    • APA Gas Pipeline Projects
    • City West Water Pipeline Projects
    • Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road Duplication
    • Bridge Inn Road Upgrade
    • Plenty Road Upgrade (Stage 2)
    • Melbourne Airport Rail Link
    • Craigieburn Road Upgrade
    • Tarneit/Sayers Road Duplication
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    We have proven ourselves to be among the leading names for clients in need of a first class, professional and relatable compulsory acquisitions lawyer. Our staff take the time to understand the local communities and individuals involved in the case, providing a personalised legal service that you simply won’t find at any major or boutique law firm.

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    Compulsory Acquisition Lawyers

    When it comes to unparalleled representation and legal guidance in matters relating to compulsory acquisition, clients across both the business and private sectors know there is no one better than Aitken Partners.

    With close to a century of leading experience, we are proud to be one of the most respected and dependable law firms working across Victoria and throughout Australia.

    When they work with our compulsory acquisition lawyers, clients will experience the difference that a skilled and passionate legal team can make to their case.

    At Aitken Partners we don’t just specialise in compulsory acquisitions, with our qualified staff also including family law solicitors, divorce attorneys and lawyers, experts in child custody law and immigration consultants, all working to provide our valued private clients with premier legal services.

    To arrange a consultation with one of our compulsory acquisition lawyers, call Aitken Partners today or visit our William Street offices.

    A Trusted Name in all Matters Relating to Compulsory Acquisitions

    The solicitors at Aitken Partners are committed to providing all clients with the very best in legal assistance and representation for all compulsory acquisition proceedings. We will ensure that correct and necessary compensation is provided to all clients. For more information on how we can assist with compulsory acquisition matters, call +61 3 8600 6080 today.

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      Thanks Aitken Partners team for helping us with this hard situation of compulsory land acquisition. Very comfortable to deal with Andrew Blogg.

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      I am writing to thank you and your team, who were involved in the compulsory acquisition of my mother’s property. Like most laypersons I was not aware of the requirements, nor procedures of this type of action by the Government.

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